A Literary Tour de France


Population: 17,800 in 1780.
Book Trade: twelve booksellers and three printers. Guild and chambre syndicale.
Institutions: capital of Poitou, with royal Intendance, military government, tax généralité, and bishopric.
Culture university, large college, school of surgery, academy of painting, theater, newspaper, and reading cabinet. Garrison town.
Literacy (for entire département): male 19%, female 9%.
Communications: destination and overnight stop on diligence post road from Paris, branching point for Bordeaux and La Rochelle.
Economy: limited trade, mostly in wool stockings and caps, leather, sheepskins. Grain and wine growing


Booksellers in Poitiers